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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Bad Cloning Everywhere

Apropos the Detrich controversy at the Toldeo Blade, PDN is reporting that the New York Times ran an Editor's Note on Wednesday admitting that it had run a page-wide color photo in its Metro section that had been digitally retouched.

The excuse in this case was that the picture was taken by a NYT staffer who was not a staff photographer and was therefore presumably ignorant of the paper's rules. The Times stated, "Had editors been aware of the manipulation and seen the original picture, they would have either published the picture with the blemish or not used it."



Blogger Mark Bridgers said...

Doesn't the NYT running a photo that was so obviously manipulated say more about the editors than the photographer? Do they even look at the photos anymore?

12:28 PM  
Blogger John Roberts said...

Had the cloning not been so poorly done, would this particular manipulation have "modified the editorial content" or "deceived the public"? Of course not. Although I disagree with the notion that any manipulation is inherently deceitful, I understand the need for news organizations to have a zero tolerance policy on photo manipulation. If they allow some (any) manipulation, where do they draw the line on what is too much? It becomes a Pandora's Box kind of problem. It's better, safer, and easier to allow none at all. Many news organizations have enough questions about their credibility already without adding this issue to the mix.

4:51 AM  

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